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Today's News

  • Board votes to spend $15 million on new school

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on Thursday to put $15 million saved last year toward building a new school in the northern part of the county.

    While $15 million is a fraction of the district’s $1 billion annual budget, the decision, approved with the votes of the board’s conservative majority, is controversial for several reasons:

  • Council approves construction-defects ordinance

    Citing a lack of action by the state legislature, the Littleton City Council has approved its own version of a construction-defects law.

    Several bills aimed at reforming the state law — which developers blame for a dearth of condo construction — failed in this year’s legislative session.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Chargers rally again, win District 4 tournament
    FRUITA — The Chatfield Chargers are headed back to the eight-team 5A state tournament.

    Chatfield (11-10), which opened the season 2-9, rallied to win the 5A Jeffco League title for the first time in 25 years. It followed that up with back-to-back wins on May 9 in the 5A District 4 tournament to seal its bid to state.

    In the deciding game, the Chargers rolled past Smoky Hill 12-1.

  • Mullen closes out Lanuza’s, Everett’s careers in OT

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — A May ending to their Chatfield girls lacrosse careers was inevitable for Kendra Lanuza, the school’s career scoring leader, and Adam Everett, the lone coach in program history. They just wish it had come later than the second round of the state playoffs. 

    But no farewell tears were shed or regrets uttered after second-seeded Mullen struck for two goals in the first overtime and held on for a 10-9 home victory on May 8.

  • Vance takes 2nd at regionals after late hiccup

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Dakota Ridge High School’s lead golfer Gillian Vance led the 5A Northern Regionals tournament beautifully until a hiccup at the end. She came in second overall May 4 at the Aurora Golf Club at Heather Ridge.

  • Front Range hits on all cylinders early and often

    The puddles on the north side of the field slowed down Front Range Christian’s pressing offense a little bit in the first half. Evangelical Christian’s defense, however, wasn’t quite as fortunate.

    The host Lady Falcons, the No. 2 seed in the inaugural 12-team 2A state girls soccer tournament, weren’t about to let their upstart opponents rain on their parade. Marcella Marquis scored the first of Front Range Christian’s three first-half goals, and Sophie Kern added a pair in the second half for a 5-0 victory May 8.

  • Garcia, Chargers feel the rhythm

    ARVADA — The music that Santana Garcia was jamming to suddenly turned off, so he started following the introduction music being played over the sound system at George J. Meyers Swimming Center. The rhythm just felt right. How did he know? The charismatic Chatfield Senior High swimmer flashed the No. 1 signal prior to the 50-yard freestyle finals on May 9.

    And, you know what, he was right.

  • Olson, Lady Rebels adjust to the situation

    LAKEWOOD — Marin Olson and her Columbine Lady Rebels teammates have had to adjust. First, they lost leading goal scorer Tatum Barton to injury in the last week of the regular season, and then there was the weather. Rain pelted Lakewood Memorial Field on May 8 for the second round of the 5A state girls soccer tournament.

    But the sophomore midfielder/defender had an upbeat attitude about the conditions. You just have to go out and play, she said, and that’s what her team did, even though it was facing archrival and thorn-in-the-side Chatfield.

  • Suspect found dead after standoff at Essex House Motel

    A bank robbery suspect who barricaded himself in the Essex House Motel in Littleton after shooting an FBI agent on Friday afternoon died from a self-inflicted gunshot during the ensuing standoff.

    The suspect was identified by the Arapahoe County coroner’s office as Jesus Emmanuel Avila, 19. The FBI said in an interview with AP that Avila was wanted in connection with a series of bank robberies in the metro area committed by the “Longhorn Bandit.” The robber often wore a University of Texas Longhorns baseball hat.

  • Sheriff investigating after man impersonates deputy

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man wearing shorts and a T-shirt approached two teenagers on North Ranch Road in South Jeffco and claimed to be an off-duty deputy.